Israel has vaccinated 1 million people, less than two weeks after the launch of its Covid-19 inoculation campaign.
Tel Aviv, 1 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Israel has vaccinated 1 million people, less than two weeks after the launch of its Covid-19 inoculation campaign.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein hailed the millionth vaccination on Friday in Umm al-Fahm, a predominantly Arab city in the country’s north.
Israel has administered the first dose of vaccine to more than 10 per cent of the population, according to Edelstein.
The goal is to vaccinate 5.5 million people in the country of 9.3 million, Netanyahu said.
On Thursday alone, Israel gave the jab to around 153,400 people, according to the Health Ministry.
More than 40 per cent of those aged over 60 in the country have received the first of two injections of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
According to Oxford-based researchers, Israel is vaccinating its population at a speed unmatched anywhere else in the world.
A graphic on the website “Our World in Data” comparing the number of people vaccinated in each country per 100 residents showed a clear lead for Israel at 11.55, accurate as of Friday – even if the country does lag behind countries like the United States and China in absolute numbers.
Coronavirus infections have surged in Israel recently despite a third partial lockdown aimed at curbing the spread.
On Friday, the Health Ministry added 5,804 new infections to the total. That was only slightly less that Thursday’s daily rise of 5,831 – the strongest increase in Israel since October.
The Health Ministry has called for restrictions to be intensified starting on Sunday.
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